Around Town First Day August 27, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)
CAR WASH — Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Burger King. Cost is $10 per vehicle.
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GARY KING TOUR — The Eddy County Democratic Party will host Gary King’s Education Vision and Listening Tour from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Carlsbad Public Library Annex, 101 S. Halagueno, Carlsbad. For more information, call 706-6945 or email eddycountydemocrats@ gmail.com.
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TRACTOR CLUB — The Pecos Valley Classic Ag Antique Tractor Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at La Fonda. All interested people are encouraged to attend.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)

BUTTER BRAID BREAD — The Artesia High School junior class is selling frozen butter braid bread in many flavors. Loaves are $13 pre-paid with delivery Sept. 17. To order, contact any junior class member or Haley Goff, Marcia Gardner or Sylvia Wilson at AHS, 746-9816. Proceeds will benefit prom and senior banquet.
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SEEKING ARTISTS — Artesia MainStreet is currently seeking artists to sell their work during the ARTesia Art Walk. Local and regional artists will be paired with local businesses from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, for a day of art and shopping downtown. Interested artists and anyone knowing an artist who may be interested are asked to call Artesia MainStreet at 746-1117.
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PECOS PURPLE PEPPERS — The Pecos Purple Peppers Red Hat Lunch Bunch will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Pecos Diamond.
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SUMMER MOVIES — The Artesia Arts Council will present its final movie of the summer, “The Apartment” (1960), starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in Heritage Walkway. The movie and popcorn are free. Bring a chair and a drink.
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INSANITY WORKOUT — A free trial of the Insanity workout will be held from 6-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Artesia Center. Everyone is welcome. Classes are structured to fit all conditioning levels. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal at 748-0299.
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CHEER CLINIC — The Artesia High School cheerleaders will hold a cheer clinic for girls ages 3 to fifth grade from 3:45-5 p.m. Aug. 27-28 at the AHS girls’ gym. Register at the door beginning at 3:20 p.m. Cost is $30 per girl, $15 for each additional sibling in the home, and includes a certificate, t-shirt and entry to the football game Friday, Aug. 29. For more information, contact Jennifer Houghtaling at 308-1624.
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COOKING DEMONSTRATION — A cooking demonstration will be from 5:15-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Artesia Public Library for those interested in quick, easy, inexpensive meals.
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LANE CLOSURE — A one-lane, southbound lane closure will take place through Aug. 29 on U.S. 285 between Richey Avenue and Main Street as Franco Road crews begin work on manholes.
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BAG SALE — Second Chances, 401 W. Quay Ave., will hold a bag sale through Aug. 30.
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SEEK FIRST FLAG FOOTBALL — Children completing grades K-7 interested in participating in Seek First flag football must attend one of two evaluation clinics to be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Zia Intermediate School. The league will run from Sept. 1 – Oct. 11. Registration forms are available at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. For more information, contact league director Ty Houghtaling at seek1stsports@ gmail.com or 748-1308.
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COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE — The Eddy County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day. The sheriff’s office will remain on duty, and the road department will have a crew on call.
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LIBRARY CLOSURE — The Artesia Public Library will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.
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SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL — Deadline to register for the fall slowpitch softball league for men’s, women’s and coed teams in upper and lower divisions is Sept. 2. The season begins Sept. 9 at Jaycee Park. Entry fee is $275 per team. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Certificates are for Eddy County residents only. All donations are appreciated.
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DESK & DERRICK — The Desk & Derrick Club will hold its 2014 Industry Appreciation Banquet Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the barn at Cottonwood Winery. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m., catered by Adobe Rose and consisting of a mixed grill (salmon, steak, chicken and sausage), whipped potatoes, seasonal vegetables, salad and choice of carrot or chocolate cinnamon cake. Special guest will be Jim Townsend, District 54 state representative. Cost is $30 per person. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 29, to LaVelta Jenkins, laveltaj@yatespetroleum. com, 748-4468. Standing reservations will not apply.
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COED KICKBALL — The fall season of the “Kick This” adult coed kickball league will begin Sept. 15 at Jaycee Park. Cost is $35 per player and includes a shirt. Deadline to register as a team or individual is Sept. 8. To register or for more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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OLD TIMERS’ SOFTBALL — An old timers’ softball tournament/league for players ages 45 and older is being planned. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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CHURCH LEAGUE SOFTBALL — A church softball league is being planned. Entry will be $165 per team. All players must be church members. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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9/11 GOLF TOURNAMENT — A 9/11 Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Artesia Country Club. Shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Unit Scholarship Fund. Sponsors and four-man teams are needed. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 746-2744 or Danielle Brady at the Artesia Fire Department, 746-5057 or dbrady@artesianm.gov.
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U.S. 285 SHOWDOWN — The U.S. 285 Showdown nighttime slowpitch softball tournament will be held Sept. 12-13 at Jaycee Park. Entry is $265 per team. Men’s and coed classes B/C and D/E will compete in pool play, then double elimination from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Friday and 6 p.m. – completion Saturday with a home run derby at 8 p.m. Saturday ($25 per hitter, 100-percent payout to winner). To register or for more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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CLAYS CRUSHER SHOOT — The Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth Annual Clays Crusher Sporting Clays Fun Shoot will be held Sept. 12-13 at the Eddy County Shooting Range. This year’s event features exhibition shooter Travis Mears, Friday Night Under the Lights Game Night, and two rotations Saturday with door prizes after each. Shooters and sponsors are needed. Contact the chamber at 746-2744.
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HEAD START ENROLLMENT — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation Head Start Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 program year. Children must have turned 3 or 4 prior to Sept. 1, 2014. The following documents are needed: birth certificate, current immunization record, income verification (W-2 or income tax forms), Social Security card, and Medicaid or health insurance card. Enrollment is being held at Artesia Head Start, 504 W. Ave., 748-1141. Services for children with disabilities are available, and parents are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact the Family and Community Partnerships Office of the local Head Start.